Canada’s Biggest Eco Embarrassments

Green Living performed a reality check on the nation’s environmental record—and the results weren’t pretty

Embarrassment #7: Smugness

“This whole idea of Canadian smugness is so tiresome—I would include it on any list of our environmental black marks,” says Hazell. “It is one of the main things that is holding us back from actually doing anything constructive, especially because it allows the current government to get away with doing absolutely nothing on climate change.”

“A big part of the problem,” adds Cox, “is that we’ve been gifted with incredible natural resources that we have perceived as so vast—but we’ve really dropped the ball on those gifts.”